I don't know who to address this to. For the past 4 years it has been confusing to watch you grasp at straws hoping to grab onto something, anything that you can use as a weapon against the other side. My side. To be blunt you have no leadership. It's partially George W. Bush's fault. By choosing Cheney, a man who was never meant to run for President, he left an empty slot in which the next leader of the party should have been standing.
As a result it appeared as though you defaulted to George W. Bush's primary opponent John McCain in an attempt to distance yourself from the Bush years and move the party in a new direction. When that didn't work you were again left without a leader. So filling the void came Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and a parade of people who make a living pushing your party into an ideological corner. The end result was the failed candidacy of your most recent standard bearer, Mitt Romney.
You used to the party of Dwight Eisenhower. Now you are the party of Sarah Palin.
While I am probably the last person you would listen to for advice, and while I am not generally prone to trying to help my "political enemies" this is not simply "concern trolling" on my part. I genuinely want to help you. Follow me below the fold if you're ready to at least consider some real advice from a concerned citizen.
Between now and 2014 you have a chance to show the American people that Congress has their back. That the GOP cares about this nation in a direct and very real way. If you are able to do that you will have another chance in 2016 to save your relevancy as a Political Party.
Barack Obama cannot run for President again. You do not have to campaign against him ever again. The White House will be an open contest. The Democrats will put forward a candidate, you will put forward a candidate and the people will decide who deserves the job. I don't know if Joe Biden will be running in 2016 but we do have a wide range of serious candidates ready to go.
Chief among them is none other than Hillary Clinton.
That feeling you're experiencing right now is called fear. Not only is Hillary herself a strong political voice with instant name recognition and a Presidential campaign or three under her belt but she has as her top advocate the man who would be her "First Dude" as Todd Palin once dubbed himself. While it will never be overtly stated, electing Hillary Clinton is practically electing a 3rd term for Bill Clinton. He will be her closest confidante and no doubt just as active in her administration as she was in his. They are the definition of a power couple and they have a record of success.
I don't say this to discourage you, or to gloat. I am warning you of the uphill climb to come. Particularly if Hillary Clinton resigns in the second term you can bet your butts that she is running in 2016 and will have just enough ties to the Obama administration to take credit for the good and distance herself from the bad.
As such you cannot simply run against the Obama administration in 2016 and expect to win. It didn't work on Tuesday it won't work in four years. Particularly if your party is still seen in the eyes of Americans as the obstructionists standing in the way of progress. The Republican Congress has an approval rating of just 13%. Voters widely blamed Congress for the stalemate in Washington, whether you agree with that verdict or not, it is the reality of the situation.
So my first piece of advice would be to stop running against Barack Obama. He won. You don't have to run against him ever again, and trying to win the last campaign is never a good strategy for the next. He can leave office with a negative approval rating in four years and it won't make a bit of difference because Hillary Clinton has her own record of success to run on.